Does immortality lead to freedom? The answer may lie in this dystopian drama from Tony Aloupis.
After a series of pandemics have hit the world, a research scientist has discovered a genetic code that became the secret to immortality. Becoming known as the Pilot, the scientist has created a utopia where those who are immortal like he are apparently living free and in their own little bubble of a world. However, there are those who feel that immortality does not mean they are free, but because the Pilot is the creator, he controls the world he has created and those who attempt to not comply will have their memories erased and forced to once again live under the Pilot’s rule.
One immortal who is slowly revealing his nature goes by the name of Logos. Logos is slowly revealed to be getting his memories before he was given his immortality. This has reached out to a band of rebels led by Masim. The Pilot has learned of his revelation and sends one of his top followers, Akae, to infiltrate Logos in hopes to put him back in line. When Akae realizes the rebellion’s intentions and learns some shocking truths as it pertains to the Pilot, she begins to question her loyalty, but will it be too late?
When it comes to sci-fi films, the ideas of immortality, and dystopia, audiences are usually treated to action and at times even horror films. However, writer-director Tony Aloupis has done something different with the genre. While there are little nuances of possible action that is set to be seen, it acts more like a tease and ultimately, we are treated to a drama that questions whether immortality means freedom, which in this case, it doesn’t.
Sean Gunn leads the way is one of his best performances outside what many are used to. Known for playing a buffoonish character in projects like Gilmore Girls and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Gunn takes on a more serious approach to his role as the Pilot, the scientist who has developed the code that leads to immortality. What is very interesting with this role is that while he may seem like a person who is a “ruler” or “dictator”, his manners do not show that so much.
The Pilot seems like a gentle soul for most of the film, especially when it comes to the A.I. character Amanda, played excellently by Lauren Lindsey Donzis. Amanda is a curious type who questions what life was like before the immortality code was discovered.
Abraham Lewis is excellent as Logos, the potential hero of the film who has to become the savior for those who feel to earn freedom, one must be mortal. Logos finds himself under constant pressure from both sides of the spectrum, but he ultimately realizes the truth about immortality and its price, and he finds himself doing something about it. Eloise Smyth is also great as Akae, a follower of the Pilot who questions her loyalty when she finds herself close to Logos and questions the rebellion’s intentions.
I am Mortal brings something new and fresh to the dystopian sub-genre of the science fiction film. Sean Gunn gives off a non-buffoonish performance, and that’s a good thing. The question possibly answered is does immortality lead to freedom? You decide for yourself.
WFG RATING: B
RLJE Films presents an Origin Entertainment production in association with Hacienda Film Co., Mirror Image Films, and Snow Entertainment. Director: Tony Aloupis. Producers: Cory Neal and James T. Volk. Writer: Tony Aloupis. Cinematography: Matthias Schubert. Editing: Tony Aloupis.
Cast: Sean Gunn, Abraham Lewis, Eloise Smyth, Lauren Lindsey Donzis, John Harlan Kim, Nina Kiri, Matthew Bellows, Jasmine Carmichael, Jan Uddin, Nash Grier, Nia Sioux.